Current Exhibits

Back in my Day: Childhood, Play, and Schenectady
January – November 2019 @ The Schenectady History Museum

Are play and childhood toys a reflection of larger social, cultural, and technological developments? This exhibition examines that question, focusing primarily on cultural and social influences on childhood in the 20th & 21st century. The exhibit also integrates personal childhood experiences and memories from members of our community.

A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World
January – October 2019 @ Mabee Farm Historic Site

A traveling exhibit curated by NYS Department of Parks and Recreation. Divided into two parts, the exhibit examines the role that slavery played in the creation and maintenance of the Dutch trading empire, and delves into the lives and stories of the people affected by the trade. Part of the “A Dishonorable Trade” exhibition & lecture series, exploring slavery in NYS.

On and Off the Trail: a collection of poetry and photography by Caroline Bardwell 
March – May 2019 @ Mabee Farm Historic Site

A Schenectady native and “scientist turned artist,” Bardwell is inspired by the inherent beauty of natural settings and diverse heritage of the Capital Region. Through the use of imagery and words, Bardwell captures the richness of our local environment, conveying its beauty and depth, offering the audience a deeper connection with place-based art.

Ongoing Exhibits:

Beyond the Pines: Early Schenectady
Ongoing at the Schenectady History Museum

Explore early Schenectady: its founding, its people, and what life was like for early Schenectadians. This exhibition features the recently restored Painting of a Boy, one of the most significant portraits in our collection.

Mapping Schenectady
Ongoing at the Schenectady History Museum

A selection of our most prominent and interesting maps are on permanent display in the Ter Bush Map Gallery.

Changing Downtown
Ongoing at the Schenectady History Museum

At the heart of a successful downtown are interesting stories and unique buildings that illustrate a city’s distinct character. Changing Downtown traces Schenectady’s stories and buildings through the years, exploring the city’s legacy of transformation and innovation. By discovering the forces that shaped downtown Schenectady, we can better understand ourselves, and our vision for the future.

Boomtown: Immigration, Technology, and Urban Schenectady
Ongoing at the Schenectady History Museum

In this interactive exhibit, leave your mark on our map, find your favorite hat style, dance to music from different eras, and imagine what it would be like to emigrate today. Discover why people immigrate, and immigration’s impact on Schenectady’s urban and cultural landscapes.

Medicine on the Mohawk: featuring the collection of Dr. Spring
Ongoing at the Schenectady History Museum

Schenectady – like every village and city – faced waves of deadly disease. Smallpox in the 1700s. Cholera and Typhoid in the 1800s. Spanish Flu in the 1900s. Yet, for nearly as long as Schenectadians have fought illness, doctors and nurses have been here healing. The tools doctors use have changed, as you’ll discover in Medicine on the Mohawk. But the goal remains the same: work together and tirelessly to make us healthy.

Setting Schenectady’s Table
Ongoing at the Schenectady History Museum

Our ceramics collection illustrates the changing nature of trade, food, and hospitality in Schenectady’s history.  Though techniques and styles evolved through the years, these ceramics evoke a sentiment we feel today. The pleasure of good food and drink, shared with great company.

1834 Yates Dollhouse
at the Schenectady History Museum

The second oldest dollhouse in America has spent its whole life in the Stockade! With original early-1800s furnishings and a painful history, it is one of SCHS’s most evocative pieces!